About Mary


 

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Photo by Lindsay Muller

I live in the world as a writer and a scientist, two divergent perspectives that I think both require similar attitudes of attention, humility, and delight. I did my PhD. at Université Laval, Québec, where I studied microscopic life in the Arctic Ocean. I was lucky to do most of my field work on big ice-breaking ships, travelling through Baffin Bay, the Beaufort Sea, and the maze of islands that lie in between. Since graduating, I keep ties with the science community. But now I also find time for the story-telling kind of writing. The world is so strange and wonderful, I can’t study it without wanting to write about it.

Mary Thaler in lab 2008
Working in the lab onboard the CCGS Amundsen in 2008. Photo by Raghida Haddad

Along with the work you can see on this website, I am currently working on the manuscript of a historical novel about the 1875 expedition to Ellesmere Island. Work on this manuscript is supported by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

 

 

 

 

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